What is a BAC?

Business Advisory Council (BAC) is a locally focused partnership that unites education and business leaders to engage in dialogue, build trust and identify strategies that transform the student learning experience.  The Mercer County BAC is coordinated by an established partnership between the Mercer County ESC and Mercer County Community & Economic Development Office.

All Ohio school districts and Educational Service Centers need to have a Business Advisory Council, and Ohio is proud to be home to over 110 Business Advisory Councils.  The ongoing, intentional collaboration can result in a more responsive education system based on regional economic drivers and needs, more relevant learning experiences for students that include work-based learning opportunities, and enduring partnerships between schools and local industries. 

We believe:
  • Mercer County and our surrounding region offers a great place to work, live, and raise a family.
  • Bridges between business and education are the key to a sustainable future for our community.
  • Every Mercer County Student will graduate with an informed plan.
Together we are:
  • Data Driven
  • Action-Oriented
  • Co-Designers of Student Success

How we all work together!

The Mercer County ESC-BAC is open to all business and education partners willing to join forces in the
on-going development of strategies to support three quality practices:
  1. Develop professional skills for future careers
  2. Build Partnerships
  3. Coordinate Experiences
The Mercer County ESC-BAC will commit to creating a 2023-24 Plan that encompasses these practices through action-oriented strategies:
  • Student Engagement: Strategies that illustrate local career opportunities and what it takes to prepare for these careers in our region
  • Business Engagement: Strategies to help design career experiences, such as job shadows, work-based learning and pre-apprenticeships, that are efficient and effective for both the student and the partnering company
  • Educator Engagement: Strategies that provide educators with tools such as training, industry tours, curriculum resources and connections to local companies, needed to help our students graduate with an informed plan
  • Parent and Community Engagement: Strategies that empower parents with resources and information to help support their students

Bylaws and Member Expectations

The Mercer County ESC BAC operates under established bylaws approved each year at the September meeting. If you would like more information about what our BAC does, please review this document.

BAC Meeting Agendas & Minutes


August 3, 2023 
Kick-Off (PDF)

August 3, 2023
Attendee List (PDF)
Table Note Summaries (PDF)

September 14, 2023
Attendee List (PDF)
Minutes (PDF)
Google Slides (PDF)

November 30, 2023

November 30, 2023

March 2024

March 2024

June 2024

June 2024
Agendas will be posted approximately 2 weeks prior to each quarterly meeting, and minutes will be posted approximately 2 weeks after each meeting.


Sandi Holdheide
Career Navigator
[email protected]
Jared Ebbing
Director, Mercer County Community/Economic Development Office
Tammy Eilerman
Director, Workforce Development & Business Enterprise Center, WSU-Lake Campus

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